Winter Navigation

Learn the core skills to navigate safely in the winter.


Are you an experienced navigator looking to expand your skills for winter travel? Would you like to learn the difference between summer and winter navigation? The Foothills Winter Navigation course is aimed to teach key points of winter travel to experienced navigators. It is a one night evening class  aimed to make you comfortable in your winter navigation skills.

This is not a beginner oriented class, and basic/wilderness navigation skills or equivalent are required to participate. Prior to the Winter Navigation course, we will  offer a refresher class for those needing to brush up on navigation skills. 

 If you do not have the "Basic Navigation" badge, but you have documented/equivalent experience please contact the leader at to be added to the course roster.

During this course you’ll learn to:

  • Plan your trip based on terrain using physical and digital trip planning skills.
  • Use both digital and analog tools in conjunction to navigate and minimize avalanches.
  • Use snow wands, GPS tracks, and other techniques to navigate in the winter.
  • Understand hazards and differences between summer and winter navigation.
  • Understand and identify avalanche runout zones.
  • Use digital and analog tools to determine slope angles, location, and paths. 
  • Navigate in poor visibility. 

Please be sure to bring the required equipment to the lecture. Any questions, e-mail the leader at

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